ECU upsets Houston for CUSA title

Published 7:30 pm Monday, December 7, 2009

East Carolina won its second straight Conference USA football championship on Saturday in Greenville, N.C., beating No. 18 Houston 38-32. The conference title puts the Pirates (9-4) into the Liberty Bowl and a contest against Arkansas (7-5) on Jan. 2.

Sophomore wide receiver Darryl Freeney (Nansemond River) had four receptions for 49 yards for the ECU offense. For the season, Freeney has 42 catches for 624 yards and three touchdowns. Freeney is second on the team in each of those categories.

Hampton University junior Predist Walker (Lakeland) won two individual titles in the Pirates’ first track meet of the indoor season on Saturday at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md.

Walker won the long jump with a distance of 6.98 meters (22-feet-10.75) and won the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 7.90 seconds.

VMI sophomore James Alexander (King’s Fork) had two good results for the Keydet track team on Thursday at the Liberty Kickoff meet at Liberty University. Alexander finished second in the 200-meter dash (22.88 seconds) and seventh in the 60-meter dash (7.09 seconds).

Christopher Newport’s men’s basketball team defeated Maryland Bible 101-56 on Thursday night in Newport News.

Senior Josh Russell (Lakeland) scored 21 points, including five three-pointers all in the second half, for the Captains. Sophomore center Loren Farris (King’s Fork) added five points in seven minutes of action. CNU led 22-18 with 8:39 to go in the first half before going on a 20-2 run over the next 7:08.

CNU (3-2) hosts Salisbury on Saturday in the CNU Classic.

CNU’s women’s basketball team is off to a 5-0 start. Sophomore guard Shannon Walker (Nansemond River) is averaging 9.3 minutes, 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game for CNU.

Out of CNU’s five wins, the closest margin of victory has been a 77-64 win at St. Mary’s (Md.). CNU travels to Raleigh, N.C. to face Meredith on Saturday before having four straight home games.

South Carolina St. won at Winston-Salem State 66-55 on Saturday evening to improve to 4-3 overall. Freshman guard Trinese Fox had season-highs with eight points and seven rebounds for SCSU. Fox has started four games and played in all seven for the Lady Bulldogs. SCSU is off until Monday and a game at Presbyterian.